Learning resources

You'll find lots of information about the craftwork that's shown in our exhibitions and sold in our shop by local makers, here on our website and when you visit.

We provide interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for exhibition guides and notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline. There's also hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.

Learning groups can also use our gallery for ARTSMARK and ARTS AWARD projects!

General education enquiries: phil.deburlet@crafts.org.uk   ArtsAward enquiries: education@crafts.org.uk
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MAKE IT REAL - visit our gallery

Main exhibition: A Good Age - celebrating age, change and creativity

21 September - 3 November 2019   
The gallery is open daily 10am-5.30pm and is FREE ENTRY


You can download the guide below for teaching resources:

PDF education notes dopwnload A GOOD AGE exhibition guide

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LARGE PRINT exhibition guide

The art and craft in our galleries will lead you into a world of different designs and ideas. Explore large scale sculpture, imaginative printworks, and lots more thought-provoking works based on the theme of remembered past and life's special journeys. Follow the artists' stories as you watch a film about how the project came to be. Play with creative ideas - bring sketchbooks, take pictures and experiment with materials in our maker space!

You can book an introductory gallery tour of the exhibition or come for a self-led session with your students/group: 01626 832223

What's it about? This is one of a number of projects project taking place nationally with the theme of 'Celebrating Age'. The Guild received funding from Arts Council England, the Baring Foundation and other sponsors to be part of this project and organise craft based workshops with local people over 65 years old to keep learning new skills, feel more confident - also improve self-esteem and wellbeing at a later age. There is much research and evidence to show that taking part in a creative activity. especially when part of a group can have beneficial effects. You can find out more about the ACE project campaign HERE...  (There's more interesting facts and a film to watch on Arts, Culture and Wellbeing HERE...)

We wanted to show the importance of looking back - and how people express feelings and significant memories through visual art and craft. As well as running the workshops based on the theme of change in my lifetime - 5 professional UK artists born before 1947 were selected and given a grant to create new artwork also round the idea of 'change - either personal changes they'd gone through or global / technological changes they'd seen happen during their long lives!

What and who's in it?
Hand made craftworks made in community library workshops include:
fantastical display of woven willow creatures (Cullompton Libarary workshops)
brightly coloured and collaged concertina books (Tiverton Library workshops)
a vintage camera desktop with light up memory drawers; (Crediton Library workshops)
arrays of realistic food and cakes - made out of clay; (Honiton Library worshops)
a wall full of paper-shaped creations (Exeter library workshops)

You will also find the specially commissioned works in different craft materials made by 5 chosen artists from the UK aged over 75 years old: Portrait shot Keith Gretton, textile artist for A Good Age making a rug in his studio (credit jess Pearson);

sculptor Dave King,
enamellist Elizabeth Turrell,
printmaker Hugh Ribbans,
sculptor Ian McGregor
textile artist Keith Gretton
Images (above right) from top to bottom: vintage style plate made in A Good Age commnuity ceramics workshop; lightbox memory desk made in Tiverton Librray groups' digital and photographic art sessions; papier mache bird made in Library workshop, Exeter; studio shot of A Good Age commissioned artist David King.

For hashtagging please use:

Other relevant hashtags:

#ArtsHealthWellbeing  #celebratingage  #ageandcreativity  #mixedmediacrafts #olderartists #artistcommissions #communitycraftworkshops #growoldcreatively #ageingwell


Critical thinking, wellbeing & personal expression; Methods of construction / design process; process of commisioning art;  Alzheimer's disease and dementia; Sensory experience and neurology; Art as therapy, creativity and mental health; Community artwork versus 'professional' artists; Doing solo artworks and projects; Intergenerational - what does it mean; Storytelling and memoirs beyond the written word

SUBJECT AREAS: (GCSE) English; History; Humanities; Social Sciences; Art; Design; Media Studies. (A, Dip. Foundation): Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture; Art; Art & Design; Design and Technology; History of Art; Journalism; 3-D Design; Photography; Media Studies. (BA): Design & Media Fine Art; Creative Arts; Graphic Design; Illustration; Painting; Photography; Visual Communications; Art History & Visual Culture; Glass Ceramics Metalwork Jewellery; Photography (MA): Contemporary Crafts; Art & Design.

Printmaking and illustration, Sculpture - ceramics, woodlwork; Enamelling (firing, jewellery, metalwork, decal); 3-D design; History of art; British and World History (WWI and II); Evolution and inheritance; Design and discovery; Natural Materials, Recycling and Found Objects; Memories, reminiscence, biography, autobiography and life-writing/personal stories.

DIY: Our maker-space in the gallery has a practical hands-on activity, where you can use simple printmaking materials to create your own response to questions about envisaging the future (wishes and ambitions for adulthood) and reflecting on your past (valuing achievements of youth) also what time and 'growing up' means to you. Cut, stitch, collage and decorate your own artworked mini-banner to display on our 'timelines'.

A very quick glimpse of what you will find in the exhibition:

Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF  
01626 832223

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Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Tutors can download resources in advance from this page.

There is a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact:

Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer): 01626 832223  


See MAP below:

POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being such as in the latest Crafts Council research below:


Aesop-PHE-Arts-in-health-evaluation-framework studyGreat art and culture for everyone_ACEFuture in the Making-Crafts CouncilArt and Design Education Guide-ACECreative-courses-application-Guide-18
The AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide offers information and support for learners interested in applying to creative HE courses who are otherwise discouraged from pursuing their passions for the Creative Arts.

Powerful Partnerships (2018) is a website resource - collection of case studies, tools and research to help creative organisations achieve powerful outcomes for young people through partnership working, view here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/powerful-partnerships-resource-library?mc_cid=38cfe41162&mc_eid=5d130310b4

New evidence Briefing: The Arts, Health and Wellbeing 9 May 2018: cultural learning alliance


Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week from the 14-20 May, CLA launched a new Briefing written in partnership with the children’s mental health charity a Place2Be.  Including a foreword from a Place2Be's President and Founder Dame Benita Refson, the briefing sets out why the arts make us happier and healthier and are key to supporting children’s good mental health. BRIEFING: 'Participating in the arts makes children happier and healthi'er

2017's Report 'Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing' was the previous published document on the same theme, produced after two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists, arts administrators, academics, local government, ministers, policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. 

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Archived exhibition notes

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PDF education notes dopwnload Street Art & Graffiti resource pack

PDF education notes dopwnload Masters of Invention

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Certaine Wytches (Mar-May '19)

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Get Fresh '19 (Jan-Mar 2019)

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Plate Up (Sept-Nov 2018)

PDF education notes dopwnload Summer Show 2018 Guide

PDF education notes dopwnloadA Year On Dartmoor - Exhibition Guide (May-July 18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Made to Commission (Mar-May '18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Jerwood Makers Open (Jan-Mar 18)

PDF education notes dopwnloadDead on Arrival (Sept-Nov 17)
contemproary taxidermy craft

PDF education notes dopwnloadThe Summer Show 
(July-Sept 17)

PDF education notes dopwnload Off the Surface - contemporary embroidery
 (May-July 17)

PDF education notes dopwnloadPour Me '17 - the jug form (Mar-May)

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh '17 - contemporary craft by new designer-makers (Jan-Mar)

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home 

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs 
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

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Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints.
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Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

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Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

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Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

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  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

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  Design: a glossary

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  Furniture: a history